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Today on Context Florida: Office of Amusement, drug misuse, outsourcing, Michael Bloomberg and Jeffersonian ideals

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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Joe Negron’s SB 832 declares that “fantasy contests” – meaning endeavors such as DraftKings and FanDuel – “involve the skill of contest participants and do not constitute gambling, gaming or games of chance.” Jac VerSteeg says that Negron would regulate this nongambling via a newly created Office of Amusement. It’s not “gambling,” it’s an “amusement.” Which is amusing, VerSteeg says, given that Florida’s most established amusements are the amusement parks in Orlando and Tampa. They have bitterly…

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Floridians for Government Accountability is latest group to endorse Smart Solar Amendment

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A statewide group promoting fiscal responsibility at all levels of government is the latest to endorse the solar energy ballot initiative by Consumers for Smart Solar. Floridians for Government Accountability, a corporation formed to educate the public on economic issues, is throwing its support behind the campaign to oppose a “consumer unfriendly” initiative put forth by Floridians for Solar Choice. Opponents of the Solar Choice amendment – which they call “shady” – believe the poorly worded proposal, if passed, would…

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Consumers for Smart Solar posts blockbuster $460K in first month fundraising

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In the race to expand solar energy in Florida, one side is opening strong by posting blockbuster first-month fundraising numbers, which they credit to a campaign of transparency and diversity. Consumers for Smart Solar, the group behind a proposed solar amendment for the 2016 Florida ballot, announced Monday it raised more than $463,000 in its first month. The group collected $463,045 in July, far outpacing that of rival organization Floridians for Solar Choice. To get an idea of the groundswell of support for Smart…

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